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Grant Parole to Rodney K. Stanberry

August 14, 2013

Greetings,

By popular demand, this petition has opened again. Many thanks to the original 650+ signees. Thank you all very much for your time and interest in Rodney K. Stanberry’s case.  Justice is Never Served When the Wrong Person is Convicted.

 

 

The petition letter below is about the case of Rodney K. Stanberry. Rodney was arrested in 1992, convicted in 1995, and began serving a prison sentence in 1997 for crimes he did not commit.  He has had two parole hearings; he was denied parole each time.  His next parole date is scheduled to take place on August 28th, 2013. He, too, faces the prison dilemma of the wrongfully convicted, meaning that an innocent man has to consider saying he is guilty just to have a chance at freedom. The New York Times had a powerful report about the innocent prisoner's dilemma: NYTIMES

 

Rodney was convicted solely based on victim eyewitness testimony. He was convicted even as another individual confessed in front of the prosecutor two years before the start of Rodney's trial that he, not Rodney, was at the victim's home when she was shot (the jury NEVER heard this confession), even as work documents and the testimony of his supervisor and co-workers placed him at work when the crimes were committed, and even as there was no physical evidence that placed him at the scene of the crime. Rodney also passed a polygraph test. He did everything a law abiding citizen should do in helping law enforcement and in turn, they arrested and accused him of committing what was a violent crime. {

His one mistake was when he found out that weapons had been stolen from the victim’s home, he took it upon himself to retrieve those guns and return them to their rightful owner. He did not know that a burglary AND a shooting had occurred. Even so, he fully cooperated with law enforcement, providing them with information, including the name of a detective in New York, to capture the people he knew to be involved. His mistake in trying to return weapons that he tried to prevent from falling into the wrong hands in the first place is overcome by the evidence and testimony that he was not at the victim’s house when the crimes occurred (see http://freerodneystanberry.com/blog/2013/08/06/can-a-person-be-two-places-at-once-the-wrongful-conviction-of-rodney-k-stanberry-2/ ). The prosecutor’s office and law enforcement, however, made mistakes that resulted in two people actually at the victim’s house when she was shot (the shooter and his accomplice-who confessed) and the person they claimed was the shooter to neither be arrested nor prosecuted for these crimes. The prosecutor’s office didn’t even attempt to prosecute the person they said was the shooter. Once Rodney was convicted on eyewitness misidentification, the prosecutor’s office moved on. If it weren’t for the diligence of Rodney’s family, he would just be another unnamed innocent person in prison.  While parole isn’t exoneration, it is a step towards justice while exoneration is sought.]

You can watch a tv report about his case here.

He is innocent, however, the parole board does not entertain claims of innocence. During Rodney’s last two parole board hearings in 2004 and 2009 (after he’d served 7 and 12 years, respectively,) he had everything a parole board would look for: family support, sponsors, jobs lined up, his former supervisor speaking before the parole board, a letter from the arresting officer in support of his parole, a petition from his former coworkers and businessmen in support of his release and so on. Rodney did not have a criminal record before incarceration, and he was employed at BFI Waste Systems from 1989 until he began his sentence in 1997- his former supervisor, who spoke at the 2009 parole hearing called him a model employee and his coworkers signed a petition requesting that he be granted parole. In 2009, he also had certificates for programs he completed as an inmate. He also had letters, emails, and calls of support from Alabama and around the country. As Rodney’s third parole hearing approaches, we are asking that you sign the petition below in support of his being granted parole.  Thank You and Peace.

For more information about Rodney's case, go to www.freerodneystanberry.com

In addition, here are the links to the articles referenced in the petition letter:

http://www.bostonreview.net/us/who-shot-valerie-finley 

(the latest investigative report about Rodney's case- 2013)

 http://freerodneystanberry.com/blog/2013/02/20/gun-control-what-happened-when-a-gun-enthusiast-tried-to-stop-the-sale-of-weapons-the-case-of-rodney-k-stanberry/)

Mobile Publication calls for an Innocence Project in Alabama  (includes Rodney's case as one that should be reviewed,http://classic.lagniappemobile.com/article.asp?articleID=5978 -2013)

“Time Served, Or Justice Denied in Alabama” http://classic.lagniappemobile.com/article.asp?articleID=2332 (investigative report about Rodney's case)

Website for the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles: http://www.pardons.state.al.us/ALABPP/Main/Central%20Office%20montgomery.html

 Peace,

Artemesia

artemesia@freerodneystanberry.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This petition was delivered to:
  • Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
    Members of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
  • Mobile County District Attorney's Office
    Mobile District Attorney Ashley Rich
  • Chief Investigator, Mobile District Attorney's Office
    Mike Morgan


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